Sept. 20th: Criminalizing Political Dissent

A forum marking the 35th Anniversary of the Declaration of Martial Law in the Philippines

Sept. 20, Thursday - 7:00 PM
ANSWER Seattle Office (basement)
1423- 10th Avenue & East Pike, Seattle

Live Phone Interview with Filipina feminist and novelist Ninotchka Rosca, co-author of Jose Maria Sison: At Home in the World-- Portrait of a Revolutionary; co-founder, GABRIELA Network USA; one of the GabNet 3 recently held at the airport by Philippine government for alleged link with terrorists.

Forum Topics:

--> Persecution of Progressive Filipinos Abroad: The Case of Detained Professor Jose Maria Sison

--> The US “War on Terror” and Prospect for Peace in Muslim Mindanao
Facilitator: Ago Pedalizo, coordinator, Ecumenical Fellowship

In 1981, two Filipino labor organizers in Seattle, Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes were assassinated by the henchmen of the fallen dictator Ferdinand Marcos, because of their condemnation of Martial Law and support for the rights of the labor unions in the Philippines.

Last Aug. 28, 2007, Prof. Jose Maria Sison, the chief political consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) was arrested by Dutch authorities on trumped-up charges by the Philippine government. His arrest and the ransacking of the NDFP international office and the houses of Filipino refugees spell death for the peace negotiations.

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